About Independent Commissions
Twenty states appoint independent commissions to draw the redistricting maps in an effort to make the process more transparent and less controversial. While commissions can be good, Keesha Gaskins, who studies redistricting as senior counsel in the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program, said there’s nothing magical about commissions. It’s more about the process.
“Commissions themselves are not a silver bullet,” she said. “It does take out one thing the people see as one of the greatest problems, which, of course, is the self-interest of legislators.”
These states have independent commissions that draw the plan, advise the legislature or serve as a backup if the legislature fails to draw a plan.
Commissions Draw the Plan: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington
Advisory Commissions: Maine, Vermont
Backup Commissions: Connecticut, Illinois, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas